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Avocado harvest close to projection as La Niña looms


Last updated 11/11/2021 at 6:57pm

California avocado growers have harvested 263.5 million pounds of fruit this season. Ventura County, seen in 2018, is the top-producing county in the state. Village News/Kevin Hecteman photo

Kevin Hecteman

Special to the Village News

A largely drama-free avocado-growing season has all but ended, with the crop close to meeting midseason projections.

As of last week, the 2020-2021 season – which started Nov. 1, 2020 – had seen 263.5 million pounds of fruit come off the trees, according to figures from the California Avocado Commission. That's just below the 265 million pounds forecast in the commission's April survey of growers and handlers. By contrast, the 2019-2020 growing season – which ran into the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic – ended with 375.5 million pounds...

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